About Rays of Hope
Rays of Hope is a ministry of Rosebank Union Church which started operating in Alexandra Township in 1991. We now have a network of several community-based programmes, impacting over 2 000 people, primarily focusing on orphaned and vulnerable children, education and work readiness. The intervention and care is holistic, addressing spiritual, physical, and psycho-social needs of beneficiaries.
Rays of Hope is focused on developing significant partnerships with stakeholders in the township, and funding organisations in South Africa at large, to ensure the sustainability of projects in Alex.
The programmes of Rays of Hope focus specifically on the communities in Alexandra Township, an area with significant needs a mere 8km from Rosebank Union Church.
The Programmes of Rays of Hope
Caring for vulnerable children in their “families” with physical, emotional, spiritual and social support. After school support and teenage support groups encourage relationships and trust.
Supporting victims of gender-based violence including reporting, food and clothing, placement in a shelter and counselling through walking a journey to recovery with them.
Gogos of Hope
Supporting the elderly that are caring for a younger generation by encouraging them to meet together, providing material and wool for crafting and loving them.
Visiting those on chronic medication to provide advice, encouragement, comfort, spiritual support and food to assist with taking medicine.
Redistributing donated food from Pick n Pay, Food Forward, Food Lover’s Market and Woolworths across Alex on a weekly basis.
Early Childhood Development
Operating the Hlayisanani ECD centre in Alex, as well as strengthening the capacity of smaller creches and day cares through workshops and upskilling.
RoseAct Saturday School
Providing Maths and English support to Alex children in Grades 4 – 9, as well as extracurricular activities, holiday clubs and an annual camp.
Ignition Tertiary Education Support
Supporting post-Matrics from career guidance to their first job, through applications, mentoring, workshops, peer-to-peer relationships and some finance.
Work Readiness Training
Providing youth with vital life skills to manage themselves, finding work, their finances, etc.
If you would like to find out more about Rays of Hope or how to get involved with their ministry in Alexandra, please visit their website.
Rays of Hope is registered as a Section 21 Company (registration no. 063 389 NPO), and a Public Benefit Organisation (PBO) (registration no. 9300 26797 PBO) with Section 18A status.